Kudos to my team members Dave and Annie for keeping us alive in the Pace Advantage Interboard Handicapping League. Starting in January and running through Derby Day, there are 50 teams of three handicappers, playing 8 “events” each Saturday. Races are usually Stakes, and they are from all around the country. Though scoring for yesterday is still “unofficial”, we may have slipped a tad from last week, but it looks like we are in pretty good shape.We are doing extremely well for first time starters. The big one that we missed was the 40 to one shot in the Turf Paradise Derby…Beer Meister, who trailed early and finished up like he was shot out of cannon.
Heads up to anyone who is playing in the NHC this year. Next Saturday is the Free Online Handicapping Challenge for 4 spots to the finals.
I think I am sold on Soldat. He had to prove to me that he wasn’t just a turf/mud horse, and yesterday’s performance did just that. He is just one of those horses that will run on anything. I liked that he relaxed on the lead despite early pressure and won rather easily. That 18 to 1 week- one- future wager is looking better and better.
Did I mention that in the last 40 years, 12 Derby winners had names beginning with the letter “S”?
R. Heat Lightning is back, as I suspected she would be, with a very professional performance yesterday. Dancinginherdreams was getting out a bit at the top of the stretch and never finished up the way I expected her to. Two turns will be the answer for her, I think.
I had the pleasure of analyzing the Grade 3 Canadian Turf today at ThoroFan’s Handicapping Corner, as the guest handicapper from Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance. It’s a class drop for Society’s Chairman after chasing Gio Ponti and Goldikova last year, a perfect race set-up for Twilight Meteor, and a first-race-back for Yankee Fourtune after a 5 win streak last year.
Have fun with your "fandicapping" today. Hope you bet little and win big!